Archive for Coolest Piercings You May Have Never Heard Of

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Jacqui, friend of a BodyCandy colleague, came to us looking for a new tragus piercing. Of course we knew exactly where to go and who to see – our buddy James at American Skin Art in Buffalo, NY.

Off camera, James cleans the area and grabs his sterilized equipment. Hopping up on the table, Jacqui lays back and James directs her to tilt her head so that he can clearly see the tragus area for the piercing. A hollow receiving tube is lined up behind her tragus, and it’s time! James pushes the needle through, then steadies it and corks the sharp end. Jacqui’s tragus jewelry is ready to be inserted! James pushes the needle the remainder of the way through her tragus and along comes a new cartilage stud. James securely screws the ball end on the back of the tragus, and Jacqui is all set!

Healing time: 3-9 months, often longer

Initial Jewelry: Straight barbell cartilage stud.

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Skella decided to get her conch pierced, and luckily she knew just who to ask! Time we took a little trip to see James at American Skin Art in Buffalo, NY.

The initial steps for the conch piercing include making sure that the inner cartilage area will work for the piercing. The last thing you want is a piercing that doesn’t fit properly! James gives the okay, and starts the process. Using a hollow piercing needle, James pushes it through Skella’s cartilage from front to back. To ensure no accidental pokes, he puts a cork on the exposed end of the needle. James then inserts the jewelry, following the piercing needle through the hole. The ball end is screwed onto Skella’s new barbell, and she’s got a brand new conch piercing!

Healing time: 3-9 months, 6 months on average.

Initial Jewelry: 14 or 12 gauge barbell

Thanks for checking out Part Two of’s discussion of piercing and acupuncture, “On Pins and Needles.”  After receiving several follow up questions to Ann’s March 8 blog post: “Can the Daith Piercing Cure Migraine Headaches?” (which you can check out by clicking here) we wanted to delve deeper into the discussion of piercing in relation to acupuncture. Today’s post focuses on some of the data that was evident after my research. Check out Part Three on July 29th to hear about a solid study I discovered of piercing and acupuncture combined!


“I’m an English major, guys. I love this nerd stuff”–Me

First up: testimonials. There is no doubt about it. A lot of people are saying that they are having success with the daith and other piercings as a pain management tool. Here are a few common elements that I have observed while following up on this aspect of piercing and acupuncture:

  • Many people heard about this piercing online or from friends and then tried it for themselves.
  • Many of the testimonials were given within a few weeks to one month of the original piercing.
  • Very few of the testimonials mentioned the consultation of a trained acupuncture professional or piercer with acupuncture training.

Next: piercing professionals. Though this topic is widely discussed online very few piercing professionals boast professional training BOTH in the art of piercing and in the study of acupuncture.

  • To be specific, I found one piercing professional who has trained with a licensed and respected acupuncturist. This is not to say that there are not more, just that they were not evident after a few hours of online research.
  • This is to say that if your piercer claims to be trained in both—>DO YOUR RESEARCH! Both pain management and acupuncture specialists undergo medical training and screening to become licensed. Giving untrained medical advice is a crime and unprofessional too. 

Finally: acupuncturists studying both acupuncture and piercing. Again, I found one who happens to have worked with the ONE piercing professional (that one up there^) that has trained in acupuncture. 

  • The gist is this–all roads point to two ladies and their combined work in professional piercing and acupuncture.

Check back July 29th for a final installment of “On Pins and Needles,” where I will finally give up that hard data on what a piercing professional and trained acupuncturist have to say about piercing and acupuncture in combined practice. 

Click here to reach Ann’s original blog post discussing the Daith and Migraines, or here to see Part One of “On Pins and Needles!”

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Upper Lip Frenulum (a.k.a. smiley, scrumper) Piercing

Welcomed to the world of piercing in the 1990s after gaining notice in a magazine publication, the smiley piercing has certainly gained popularity in recent years for quite a few reasons. The smiley is pierced through a thin strip of flesh that attaches the center of the upper lip to the gum plate; this little piece of flesh is called the upper lip frenulum, hence the official name of the piercing. Because of the differences found in size and shape of the upper lip frenulum, some may not have the ideal anatomy for this piercing, so be sure to check with your local piercer to see if the smiley is a possibility for you!

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Frenulum Linguae (Tongue Web, Under Tongue, Marley) Piercing

This piercing is located where the connective under-layers (or the “webs” that distinguish the fenulum linguae from the rest of it all) that attach the tongue to the lower gum plate are found. The tongue web, which is what the frenulum linguae is more commonly referred to, is the part of our oral anatomy that allows us to speak, so some people believe that this piercing may influence or encourage those who have it to think more before speaking. The best part of all? This piercing is completely hidden (unless you’re intentionally showing it off), so it’s the perfect solution for piercing fanatics that aren’t allowed to have them visible for any reason.

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bannerstylesWhen someone says “nose piercing” they’re usually referring to the body modification that is pierced and rests in the curve of one of the nostrils. Depending on where you find yourself culturally, “nose piercing” can take on a more general meaning and can refer to piercings such as the septum or the bridge of the nose. This broad sense of the term is also found when referring to the jewelry as a “nose ring” because this term is commonly used to reference any piece of jewelry worn in the nose. Besides the standard nose piercing that is simply a solitary piercing made in the natural crease of your nostril, there are a variety of other piercings that are found around the same area, including:

Double Nostril – two holes are created with the first piercing being higher than the other; requires a strategic and professional piercer due to the risk of hitting nerve structures; jewelry used are nose bones, nostril screws, l-shaped , nose hoops, circular barbells and even captive bead rings

Triple Nostril – requires more precautions in creating patterns to ensure nerve structures are not affected; most convenient jewelry used in this type are nose bones; commonly seen on the top crease of the nostril in a triangular pattern

High Nostril – jewelry is placed a few centimeters above the natural curve of the nostril crease; jewelry options for the high nostril piercing is limited to nose bones, l-shaped, and nostril screws

There are a total of five types of nose rings that are available for purchase on the hoop, nose bone, l-shaped, nose screw, and fishtail.Nose Ring TypesThe first four options are worn and chosen by the wearer’s necessity or personal preference, but the fifth style – the fishtail – is customizable and can be made into any variety of the other styles. Any of the five options available can be worn based on your own preference for comfort, sizing, or aesthetics. Nose jewelry has the ability to be beautiful with the many stylistic options you have in store for your choice, but it also has the added plus of being surprisingly versatile with the many types available and the ability to customize for a perfect fit and style.

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Universal Nipple Rings are Back in Stock!

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Upgrade to the next level in nipple piercing jewelry with one of the most exclusive and hottest trends available right now: universal nipple rings. This versatile piercing decor is super easy to use; all you have to do is turn the rotating barbell and you can wear this body jewelry horizontally, vertically, and even diagonally! The most exciting part about these designs is that you can adjust the decoration to fit your piercing. No matter how your nipple is pierced, you can count on these universal nipple rings to bring you the high style you deserve to flaunt.

If you’re feeling the love, you might enjoy the filigree heart design featured on some of our universal nipple rings. Each scroll-work heart is decorated with a tiny sparkling clear gem.

The more sparkle, the merrier! Swarovski crystals are used in a selection of our available universal nipple rings so you can get your glam on.

No matter your style, you’re covered with the bold designs available for universal nipple rings. Choose from tribal, art deco, and chevron details.


Check out this happy customer showing off their pair of new Clear Gem Black PVD Barbell Filigree Heart Universal Nipple Rings!


Grab them while you can! This new and user-friendly option for accentuating your nipple piercing is flying off the shelves, so make sure you have the coolest new body jewelry to rock and pick out yours today.

While piercings might not seem like a big focus in fashion, if you pay enough attention to today’s celebrities and models, you know that most of them sport a few.

The most popular and first piercing that comes to mind is the septum piercing – for a few years now! The multitude of styles it encompasses and the varying designs in jewelry make it a versatile piercing. If you want to be noticed, septum clickers are an in your face (literally) way of drawing attention. If you’re going for the more subdued look, a horseshoe captive ring works perfectly. Other types include a circular barbell, like a bead captive ring.

A style that’s been around since the 90’s, but is making a huge comeback is an earful of piercings. There’s literally no such thing  as too many earrings, and we can prove it! Just look at how adorable these ladies have made their ears look. From simple earlobe piercings, to cartilage piercings (and the many variations – rook, daith, tragus), and the daring industrial barbell piercing! One way to stay on trend this year for sure is to literally get more piercings.

Another notable piercing to look out for this year is the smiley piercing, a type of lip piercing placed on the inside of the upper lip. Circular barbells will be the hot jewelry for these. We’re really hoping to see some great pics from our #bodycandy fans this year of this one!

What new piercings are you looking forward to getting this year?



Gabby’s Chest Dermal Piercing Project

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Gabby decided to start a dermal anchor project, and chose to let us record her experience with professional piercer James at American Skin Art in Buffalo, NY! James starts by cleaning the area where Gabby’s piercings will go. He then marks the locations for each dermal and measures to make sure they’re lined up on either side. A hollow piercing needle is used to remove the small section of skin where the anchor will be placed. James then inserts the dermal anchor. During healing, the skin grows around the anchor, holding the piercing in place. James then repeats the process on the other side.

Since the piercings are so close together, Gabby must return for a second visit to complete the project. 6 weeks later, James pierces her second set, and her dermal anchor project is complete.

Healing time: 2-3 months

Initial Jewelry: Dermal anchor, with interchangeable tops that can be switched out after fully healed.


Frank’s Second Tongue Piercing

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Second tongue piercings are becoming increasingly more popular. Placement of the piercing depends on initial planning. Most commonly the piercings will be one in front of the other down the middle as shown in this video, but either side of the tongue can be done as well (venom bites.)

In this video, Frank adds a second piercing to his already pierced tongue. His tongue is cleaned and sanitized, then temporary marks are made on both the top and underside for placement. The piercer then uses a clamp to hold the tongue steady and align the markings. The piercing needle goes up through the tongue, and a cork is applied to the end to cover the pointed end. The jewelry itself (a 14 or 12 gauge straight barbell) is inserted by following the needle directly through the hole and out through the top. A ball is then screwed onto the end to secure the jewelry and complete the process.

Healing time is about 4-8 weeks for tongue piercings. Venom bites may take longer to heal.